Serves: 6-12 people (makes 12 brownies)
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 0 minutes
What (your ingredients):
1 cup pecans
1 cup sliced almonds
12 dates, pits removed (Tip: if your dates are not sticky, soak them in boiling water for 5-10 minutes)
¼ cup cacao powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of Himalayan pink salt
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Toppings: pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, goji berries
How (your directions):
Add all ingredients (except toppings) to a food processor.
Blend for 1-2 minutes, until a dough forms. Hint: if you can pinch the dough together between your fingers, the dough is ready. If the dough does not stick together, add 1 teaspoon warm water and blend for 30 seconds.
Pinch off 2-3 tablespoons of dough at a time, and press dough into each muffin cup in a silicone muffin mold (or into a lined muffin tin). Repeat with remaining dough.
Press toppings onto each brownie. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to firm.
Store in an airtight container for 5-7 days.
Why (the science): The protein and fiber from the nuts, seeds, and dates will keep your blood sugar levels stable, meaning it’s the perfect pick-me-up snack for steady energy. Stable blood sugar means better mood and reduced levels of anxiety!